- From Health Affairs
The Trump Administration could leverage a number of existing public and private sector prevention campaigns such as Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging, 80% by 2018, a campaign led by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable to have 80 percent of at-risk Americans screened for colorectal cancer by 2018, and the CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign, which has been shown to increase successful quit attempts.
Third, the administration should support existing Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) payment policies that provide Medicare beneficiary access to evidence-based diabetes prevention programs.
Efforts such as the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps program and the 500 Cities project supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and partners are allowing localities across the country to have a better picture of the burden of risk factors and illness affecting their population.
As a first step, the Trump administration should support existing recommendations of the independent Community Preventive Services Task Force on successful practices for preventing asthma, diabetes, mental health, and obesity and other health issues and ensure that localities receive the technical assistance needed to implement its recommendations.
To begin, the administration should review the current goals and objectives of Healthy People, which has been utilized by previous administrations for nearly four decades to set 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans.